- Publication date
- 1970s ca
- Public Domain
- Institute Of Makers Of Explosives
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- 2005-06-21 07:46:28
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Subject: Not Seen in Urban Areas...
Now that I'm an adult, I found that the "Blasting Cap Phobia" really only gripped rural areas. I doubt this film was ever shown to a kid in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York City!
If you're a child of the cities, you owe it to yourself to watch this! The "Explosives Professional" can't even handle his helmet let alone his canned speech! It's a blast to watch!!!
Subject: Andy Williams will save us all!
Ha ha. Great fun here, almost equal in absurdness as Blasting Cap Danger, except this is geared to slightly older (but not wiser) kids.
Subject: Blasting Caps are a real BLAST!
Subject: Blasting Cap Squad to the Rescue!
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: Wait a minute...
Subject: Was this ever really a big problem?
There is also a 1957 film on the same subject available from the Prelinger Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/blasting_cap_danger. Titled "Blasting Cap- Danger!", it was also produced by IME. It is a somewhat longer but (relatively speaking) much more interesting film.
This film starts with a dispatcher sending an explosives technician (in a big red 70s Ford Station wagon with a large EXPLOSIVES sign on it) to pick up a blasting cap that some kids had found. Cut to a garage, where 3 teenage boys are fighting. One kid has locked the blasting cap in his garage and is fighting with his friend for the key. "NO! It's a blasting cap! It's DANGEROUS!!!!" "No it isn't- it's some kind of electrical device and I'm going to wire it up to my radio battery!" "Didn't you see the poster at school?" "No." This goes on and on.
Right then our hero shows up to save the day. He gets the key and puts the blasting cap into a large red lockbox. Then he asks one of the boys to plug in the super-long electrical cord of the TV he happens to keep in the back of his car (?) so he can show a film on the dangerous effects of blasting caps. This gives us the only interesting moments of the film, as blasting caps blow up dummies and put holes in things.
Then he gives the kids posters to hang at school, tells them "DON'T TOUCH!" and rides off into the sunset, apparently without unplugging his TV.
My big question is, was this really a big enough problem that it needed two films? I went to school at about the time this film was made, and I do not recall ever being told (by poster, film, or otherwise) not to touch blasting caps or not to go aroung wiring random electrical devices to radio batteries. I DO recall being warned not to blow ourselves up with firecrackers, but that must not have required posters, bad cinema, or big red EXPLOSIVESmobiles...
So if you do find a blasting cap, lock in in the garage and swallow the key. Whatever you do, do NOT connect it to a radio battery! And remember, DON'T TOUCH!!!
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